Microgrants

Award amount

$500

Award number

Up to ten awards annually

Application deadline

Ongoing

Microgrants are $500 grants for BC and Yukon First Nations artists who wish to further their art practice through research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art and artifacts. Grants are for virtual collections visits at our museum partners offering virtual visits, or for in-person attendance if travel to the museum is not required.

Microgrants are intended to cover minor costs associated with collections visits, including for example time, meals and/or materials associated with the visits.

Who May Apply

To be eligible for a YVR Art Foundation Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Microgrant applicants must:

  • Be a practicing artist of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry
  • Reside in BC or the Yukon
  • Wish to further their art practice through research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art and artifacts held in the collection of a YVRAF museum partner
  • Complete and submit a short application outlining an independent, self-directed study opportunity at/with proposed museum partner

If selected to receive a Microgrant, recipients will:

  • Provide YVRAF with a confirmation letter from the museum confirming an in-person (BC museums only) or virtual collections visit
  • Complete a brief questionnaire following their collections visit

Eligibility Notes

  • If you have questions about your First Nations eligibility, please contact the Program Coordinator at programs@yvraf.com or by phone at 604.276.6261. BC First Nations eligibility includes BC Metis Citizenship.
  • To be eligible to apply for an in-person collections visit, the applicant must reside in the city/area where the proposed partner museum is located.
  • Receiving a Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Microgrant does not preclude an applicant’s eligibility to receive the maximum of two BMMSP Travel Grants in the future when travel restrictions are lifted.
  • Recipients of a 2019 Masterpiece Study Program Travel grant whose grant has been on hold due to COVID-19 travel restrictions may be eligible to apply to the BMMSP Microgrant stream. Please contact the YVRAF Program Coordinator to confirm your eligibility.

Selection Process and Notification of Results

Applications to the BMMSP Microgrant stream can be submitted throughout the year and applicants will be notified of results approximately one month after submission of their application. Applications to the BMMSP Microgrant stream will be reviewed by the YVRAF Selections Committee on a monthly basis.

YVRAF Museum Partners

BC Museum partners supporting in-person collections visits:

  • Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, BC
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC

Museum partners supporting virtual collections visits: 

  • Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec
  • Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, BC 
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England, UK *available mid-2021

Please note that this list may be updated to add or remove museum partners throughout the year.


How to Apply

1. Review the Application Guidelines and fill out your online application form

2. Download a pdf copy of the Application Guidelines and Application Form, complete it and mail or courier it to the address listed on the application.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Microgrant or the applocatopm process, please contact YVR Art Foundation at 604.276.6261 or by email at programs@yvraf.com.